San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
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Educating Engineering Students to Succeed in a Global WorkplaceRecent technological and economic developments have led to a working environment thatincludes many activities with a global component. Students who graduate in engineering andtechnology programs have to acquire new set of skills that would help them to be more workready for a global environment. They may be working for engineering consulting firm or in acompany with a globalized production. Either way, they will need to work on some sort of aproject that will include people who are not located in the same country. Therefore, initializingclasses that would include study abroad programs or activities that include collaborativeengineering and virtual teamwork would contribute to their abilities to be more work readygraduates. In this way, students can visit a foreign country, learn about different culture andvisit some foreign companies and learn how they operate through a field-based learningexperience. They will be able to see contrasts and discover some new ways of doing things.With this kind of a carefully designed course, they would be able to access higher levels oflearning that would include assessing pro’s and con’s of different engineering environments fora purpose of creating new recommendations for improvement of some engineering processesin their future company. They can also examine different perspectives of collaborativeengineering from a global viewpoint and gain knowledge of how culture influences globalengineering solutions. For example, if they will be in charge of managing or working in globalteams, they will be better prepared to do these tasks and will be better with managing peoplethat work on a same project that are not necessarily from the same cultures. These kinds ofcourses will have two components, a formal one that would be based on a work that studentswill do as a part of a class, but also all the informal activities that will take place outside theclassroom that would prepare students to adapt into a foreign country and culture. This paperwill focus on planning of one such course for engineering and technology students to gain theirhands-on experiences that lead to real-world, skill-based knowledge from a global perspective.
Jovanovic, V., & DeAgostino, T. H., & Thomas, M. B., & Trusty, R. T. (2012, June), Educating Engineering Students to Succeed in a Global Workplace Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21248
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